Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions on SFWA's website is an artice that I really recommend that anyone writing a science fiction or fantasy to read through carefully. It is worth the effort and asks a lot of the questions that you need to answer at some point or another while you are going through the world building process.
The second part is me talking about why I think that these questions are so important to answer.
So, you think you're a science fiction or fantasy writer.You think you've plotted and planned everything out. But have you? This is something that I think every writer should carefully consider. Just how far should you go with your world building?
It is a two-edged sword. Not enough information, and you'll create plot holes and inconsistencies. Too much information, and you're just wasting your time.
So, how do you know what to build and what not to build? Here is a brief list of some of the things I feel is necessary:
A lot of the things Patricia asks are in one of these categories. Culture, for example, includes prejudices, attire, and how people interact with each other. After all, that is what a culture is! Politics is more government based, but also includes cultural influences.
No matter how you organize your world, be it through a story bible or in your head, consider each question Patricia asks in her post and ask yourself, “Does this apply to my story, my writing style, and my world?”
You might find yourself surprised by how often you answer, “Yes.”